Elvis Shakespeare is the wonderful Independent Bookshop round the corner from where I live, run by David Griffin, a “specialist dealer in rare vinyl and quality literature,” who has been supporting writers and musicians since 2005 (including myself by stocking copies of The Blue Suitcase!) Sadly, when Marc (the other half of Pilrig Press) last popped into the shop, David said he was worried for the future of the business. Hopefully, his fears are unfounded.
It would be such a pity to see such a vibrant, local business disappear from Leith Walk. So, I’m sharing an idea I came across on Jenns Bookshelves: Jenn has started a twitter campaign to support local bookstores by creating a twitter event ie: one day a week, in which book lovers tweet about what book they bought at an indie that week.
“Thinking of all the various events on Twitter (Follow Friday, Friday Reads, Writer Wednesday, etc.) I had to pick a day of the week not already taken. And so…#IndieThursday was born!
Each Thursday, tweet about the book(s) you recently purchased at your local independent bookstore that week. Be sure to mention the name of the store and use the hashtag #indieThursday! Even better, take a picture of yourself with the book at your independent bookstore! Ebooks count as well, as long as you purchased it through an independent bookstore! (Click here for a list of independent bookstores that sell Google e-books.) Be sure to follow @IndieThursday on Twitter!
Then, the following day, don’t forget to tweet what you are reading, using the #FridayReads hashtag!
Not on Twitter? Not to worry! IndieThursday is now on Facebook! Post your latest indie bookstore purchases on the Indie Thursday Facebook page & be eligible to win the weekly prizes!
Don’t have a indie bookstore close to you? Several independent bookstores have online stores!
Why is it important to save out local shops, especially our bookshops, here are some reasons from Indiebound:
When you shop at an independently-owned business, your entire community benefits:
- Based on US statistics, £100 spent at a local business means £68 of that stays in your community, as opposed to only £43 if spent at a national company
- Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- Shopping in a local business district helps create a healthy and vibrant high street.
- Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
- Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national companies.
- More independents mean more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
Okay, so that’s our challenge! I’m up for it! Are you?
Got a favourite independent bookshop of your own, don’t be shy, write a comment and tell us why you like your local bookshop!